North Kashmir: Four policemen killed in IED blast in Sopore

Four policemen on patrol duty were killed after militants detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Munir Khan said that four policemen were killed in the IED blast.

He said that three shops were also damaged in the blast at Gole market Sopore. “The IED was planted beneath a shop,” said a source.

Three among the slain were identified as ASI Irshad Ahmad from Doda, Ct Ghulam Nabi, Ct Mohammed Amin and Ct Parvaiz Ahmed.

The powerful IED explosion ripped through the Sopore market area, which was immediately cordoned off, police said.

Joint Resistance Leadership has called for a protest shutdown and a march in the town on Saturday.

A search operation is underway, a police officer said.

Heavy deployment of forces was already in place to maintain law and order situation in the wake of protest shutdown in Sopore.

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